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Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Prologue: Go here.
For review of all books under Ghostwalker series: Go here.

Stars: 4.5 / 5
Recommendation: A definite pick if you are into paranormal romance with a touch of mystery, eroticism and the unbelievable.

Samurai Game is the tenth book in the Ghostwalker Series by Christine Feehan published in July of 2012. The plot revolves around another of the girls from Dr. Whitney's earlier program - Azami “Thorn” Yoshiie - and Sam "Knight" Johnson - former Special Forces Instructor and now part of Team One: Rangers and Green Berets Ghostwalkers Team (Army). This book touched the softer side of my heart even though both the ghostwalkers are tough and fierce.

Ghostwalkers are a group of women and men who special talents, including psychic and physical abilities (both enhanced genetically and natural) and some abilities more rarer than others. Dr. Peter Whitney had spear-headed this operation for a long time. In the beginning he used girls - orphans from around the world who had psychic abilities - for his experiments. Later on he had got ridden of those orphans except for Lily whom he adopted. The Ghostwalkers learn that Whitney had paired the male and female ghostwalkers through genetic pheromones so he could get them to produce the next generation of super soldiers. Supposedly dead Whitney is in hiding elsewhere  where he continued experimenting on the remaining girls (once he didn’t deem as failures). Lily Whitney-Miller and her husband Captain Ryland Miller - head of Team One: Rangers and Green Berets Ghostwalkers Team (Army) - are determined to find these orphaned girls and other Ghostwalkers to keep the safe and alive hoping to right the wrongs her father had committed.

My usual style of reading a book, is to look at the cover, the title and the blurb at the back before digging into it. Although I liked the book cover, its title and definitely the author; I was hesitant to read this book because of the blurb. The blurb has nothing to do with the actual plot or the characters confusing the readers unnecessarily. A very unfair way of marketing the book from such a wonderful author - wonder why it was done so? Anyway, in the end I did finally pick the book. I am glad I did so else it would have been my loss to not know Azami "Thorn" Yoshiie.

Azami is left in a very harsh neighborhood in Japan by Dr. Peter Whitney when he determines that she was no longer a use for him in his experiments. Lucky for her she gets taken in by a Samurai family and saved. Years later she comes to Team One with a proposal and her brothers in tow. Sam Johnson feels the instant attraction and cannot take his eyes off her but he had no clue that she was a ghost hunter just like him. As he gradually knows her abilities, he simply accepts her as his equal - a warrior. That put a high note in his character for me considering his background.

Two people who were considered as expendable by Dr. Whitney work together to prove quite the contrary. Not only prove it, but also kick the evil in its butt with help of his ghostwalker teams. The battle of senses, strategies and attraction between Azami and Sam are superbly knitted. Her fierce nature hidden behind the innocent face is a perfect match for the bold sculpture of Sam. The plot gives us a feel that we might be walking through a Japanese garden surrounded by cherry blossom trees. But there is danger lurking behind every tree and under every leaf in the form of the different gadgets, spies and weapons that Dr. Whitney employ in taking these down.

The plot may be similar to other books in the series, but what makes this different is the door that opens us to nanotechnology and the weapons around it. I can't even imagine how much of research time might have been spent by Christine for this book, but it shows in the writing very much. We also get to see from Dr. Whitney's side in how much far more higher he is with technology and anticipating every move of the ghostwalkers even though they have been shoulder to shoulder with him at every step. That was a huge eye-opener giving me a glimpse of his massive world. I am now more than intrigued to see how all these ghostwalkers will come together to get this huge empire of Dr. Whitney down.

Another excellent book to read in the series.

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